TOMBOY BESSIE Biograph Company, 521 ft., rel. June 3, 1912 dir. Mack Sennett, auth. William E. Wing, cam. Percy Higginson cast: Mabel Normand, Mack Sennett, Kate Toncray, William J. Butler, W. C. Robinson, Frank Opperman, Charles Gorman? filmed: 4/1912 Location: CA copyright: June 8, 1912
April 10, 2013 Subject:
More cute than funny
Mabel Normand spends much of the film playing tricks on the other characters.
Condition of the film is decent, but there is too much digital compression (which is a bigger problem with silent films than it is with sound films or TV episodes, due to early 1910s silent film relying much on facial and body expression). Still, this is quite watchable.
November 2, 2012 Subject:
A Wonderful Precursor To Keystone
This early situation comedy by Mack Sennett for Biograph is a delightful prelude to his soon to be realized Keystone Films. By the time of the making of this film Sennett had learned his basic techniques from Biograph's premier director D.W. Griffith and was ready to begin his own niche of boisterous and irreverent comedy with his own group of performers, the incredible Mabel Normand, along with Fred Mace and Ford Sterling.